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Sept 26, 1:00 pm (CBS) - Cleveland at Giants
Game 3
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Cleveland 0 0 0 10 10
Giants 7 3 7 10 27
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Giants win over the Browns 27-10.
Kurt Warner was 19 of 27 for 286 yards.
Tiki Barber ran for 106 yards on 23 carries and caught 3 passes for 48 yards.
Tiki Barber and Kurt Warner both scored touchdowns on one-yard runs.
Michael Strahan had 2 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries.
Amani Toomer had 5 catches for 126 yards.
Jeremy Shockey caught 5 passes for 41 yards.
Tim Carter caught 3 passes for 45 yards.
Ike Hilliard caught 3 passes for 26 yards.
Steve Christie had field goals of 43 and 25 yards.

Game Notes:
"It was a beautiful day to be at the stadium, and I'm not talking just the weather. The Giants started out real strong on both offense and defense and before long we were up 7-0. It looked like they were going to totally control the game. Kurt Warner looks better each week, and he was hitting everyone with the ball. The defense was all over Jeff Garcia, and we had great field position throughout the first half.
Still, all that only put us up 10-0, and the Browns almost cut that down to only a 3 point lead when they tried for a cheapie hail Mary pass to end the half. Luckily, that didn't work.
Right after the break, the refreshed and renewed Browns started moving the ball until Strahan sacked Garcia. Before I knew it though, I saw Strahan on the sideline getting his hand taped up. With Strahan off the field, Garcia completed a king-size 12 yard pass to Andre King, and followed it up with a hot 9 yard pass to Chad Mustard (Sorry, I just had to get that in).
Strahan came back and put an end to this sudden Cleveland surge and my horrible rap when he recovered Jeff Garcia's fumbled snap at the Giants 5 yard line.
Now on offense, the Giants marched the ball all the way back downfield to the Browns 1 yard line, where Kurt Warner ran it in for the touchdown. The Giants were up 17-0 at the end of the 3rd quarter and after watching Kurt Warner out there, the concept of Eli Manning seems superfluous.

Game Notes:
"Ron Dayne was a gametime scratch and did not get to play because of a swollen calf. That gave us a chance to see how Mike Cloud could perform in his place. Coughlin had been using Ron Dayne almost as much as Tiki Barber, but Cloud didn't get near the use that Tiki did with his 23 carries. That's likely because Cloud, a late pickup after being cut from the Patriots, was still learning the playbook. Cloud gained 12 yards on his six carries, but one of them was a five yard run into the endzone for a touchdown.
Rookie Gibril Wilson, filling in for strong safety Shaun Williams, did real well today. He led the team with eight tackles and had one interception on a Jeff Garcia hail-Mary downfield toss into the endzone to end the first half.

If you left the stadium early, you missed seeing the ball being snapped over Jeff Garcia's head and recovered by Michael Strahan at the Cleveland 1 yard line. The Giants could have taken probably taken it in for a score on the next few plays with 1:22 left on the clock, but how often do they get to be magnanimous, and besides it goes against their grain to win a game by more than 17 points."

First Quarter
Play: Tiki Barber, 8 Yd run (Steve Christie kick is good)
Drive: 3 plays, 71 yards in 1:25.
Second Quarter
Play: Steve Christie 43 Yd.
Drive: 7 plays, 35 yards in 3:03.
Third Quarter
Play: Kurt Warner, 1 Yd run (Steve Christie kick is good)
Drive: 11 plays, 95 yards in 6:03.
Fourth Quarter
Play: Phil Dawson 49 Yd, 12:53.
Drive: 11 plays, 38 yards in 5:01.

Play: Steve Christie 25 Yd.
Drive: 10 plays, 66 yards in 6:08.

Play: Quincy Morgan, 3 Yd pass from Jeff Garcia (Phil Dawson kick is good).
Drive: Drive: 8 plays, 79 yards in 3:09.
GIANTS 20-10

Game Stats:
Total First Downs    18 25
   By Rushing 6 11
   By Passing 9 12
   By Penalty 3 2
Third Down Efficiency 2-10-20% 5-11-45%
FourthDown Efficiency 1-2-50% 0-0-0%
Total Net Yards 285 390
   Total Offensive Plays (inc. times thrown passing) 58 61
   Average gain per offensive play 4.9 6.4
Net Yards Rushing 124 116
   Total Rushing Plays 23 32
   Average gain per rushing play 5.4 3.6
   Tackles for a loss-number and yards 0-0 1-4
Net Yards Passing 161 274
   Times thrown - yards lost attempting to pass 4-19 2-12
   Gross yards passing 180 286
Pass Attempts-Completions-Had Intercepted 31-21-1 27-19-0
   Avg gain per pass play (inc.# thrown passing) 4.6 9.4
Kickoffs Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks 3-2-0 6-0-0
Punts Number and Average 5-45.0 4-35.0
   Had Blocked 0 0
FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0
Net Punting Average 39.4 35.0
Total Return Average (Not Including Kickoffs) 0 28
   No. and Yards Punt Returns 1-0 3-28
   No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 6-105 2-56
   No. and Yards Interception Returns 0-0 1-0
Penalties Number and Yards 8-80 8-59
Fumbles Number and Lost 2-2 0-0
Touchdowns 1 3
   Rushing 0 3
   Passing 1 0
Extra Points Made-Attempts 1-1 3-3
   Kicking Made-Attempts 1-1 3-3
Field Goals Made-Attempts 1-1 2-2
Red Zone Efficiency 1-2-50% 3-5-60%
Goal To Go Efficiency 1-1-100% 3-5-60%
Safeties 0 0
Final Score 10 27
Time Of Possesion 27:58 32:02

Kurt Warner's pass to Amani Toomer for a 47-yard gain was the Giantsí longest through the air this year.

Mike Cloud had a 5 yard touchdown run.

Amani Toomer caught a pass in his 86th consecutive game.

Punter Jeff Feagles played in his 258th consecutive game.
He has not missed a game in his 17-year career.

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